Maybe math hasn’t changed in 20 years but how it’s taught in schools has evolved. As technology becomes more prevalent in the lives of even elementary students, instructional methods have to keep up with trends in order to keep students’ attention.
The elementary education concentration provides educators with advanced curriculum and instructional strategies for developing lessons from Common Core and national standards in ELA, general science, social studies and math. The curriculum focuses on how to create a classroom environment that promotes literacy and life-long learning for diverse students’ cultural, linguistic, economic, academic and social backgrounds.
The program requires field experiences in candidates own classroom environments and a clinical research project in elementary education, in which students identify an area of educational improvement within a school setting, as well as a comprehensive portfolio during candidate’s final semester.
Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements:
To be admitted into the Curriculum and Instruction program at Nicholls, applicants should possess the following:
- A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- A minimum GPA of 2.50 on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework attempted.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Interview with program emphasis area faculty.
- A valid permanent-type teacher’s certificate.
- 18-24 hours in professional education as appropriate for the level selected.
- Elementary Master Teacher/Supervisor – oversee elementary grade-levels or district-wide supervision.
- Elementary Coordinator – school board position.